This year's regatta that takes place every
year on January 6th to celebrate Epiphany is a Particular and happy challenge with the oars.
Five "rowing" veterans (over 55) are chosen, dressed up as
Epiphanies and then have to prove
their strength and ability along the Canal Grande (from S.Tomą to
Rialto) in a short but true rowing race, obviously in fancy dress,
to win the flag (symbol of victory) of the first regatta of the year.
They use a typical venice boat "mascareta" with one oar.
The rowers cross the Canal Grande are encouraged
by to public . An enormous stocking of the Epifany dangles imperious from the Rialto bridge.
The Regatta is organized by the
Reale Societą Canottieri
Bucintoro (founded in 1882).